This past year was great for singer Pharrell Williams. His song “Happy” secured him Grammy nominations for Best Music Video and Best Pop Solo Performance.
Despite Pharrell’s ubiquity, “Happy” made $2,700 in publisher and songwriter royalties from 43 million Pandora streams in the first quarter of 2014, according to an email from music publisher Sony/ATV CEO Marty Bandier obtained by Digital Music News.
In the letter, Bandier said a million streams of a song on Pandora yields roughly just $60 in royalties. “This is a totally unacceptable situation and one that cannot be allowed to continue,” Bandier wrote.